Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary in Sector of Transportation and Warehousing

The salary statistics of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the industry sector of transportation and warehousing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare operating engineer and other construction equipment operator salaries in different industries within the transportation and warehousing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,700
25th Percentile Wage
$37,110
50th Percentile Wage
$49,770
75th Percentile Wage
$61,770
90th Percentile Wage
$75,020

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the industry sector of transportation and warehousing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $75,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $49,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $31,700.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in the industry sector of transportation and warehousing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201649,7700.92%20.03%
201549,3104.64%-
201447,02013.78%-
201340,5401.83%-
201239,800--

Compare Operating Engineer and Other Construction Equipment Operator Salary in Different Industries within the Transportation and Warehousing Sector

The average salaries of operating engineers and other construction equipment operators in twelve industries in the transportation and warehousing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for operating engineer and other construction equipment operator occupations is the rail transportation industry with an annual salary $58,760. The lowest paying industry is the support activities for road transportation industry (annual salary $37,350). For detailed operating engineer and other construction equipment operator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Rail Transportation
$58,760
Rail Transportation
$58,760
Pipeline Transportation
$57,520
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$56,480
Support Activities for Rail Transportation
$53,260
Support Activities for Transportation
$47,170
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$44,410
Support Activities for Water Transportation
$39,770
General Freight Trucking
$39,330
Truck Transportation
$39,040
Specialized Freight Trucking
$38,990
Support Activities for Road Transportation
$37,350

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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